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Poster: GreatestStory Date: Aug 2, 2007 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Late 1970

Any strong feelings on the second half of 1970? The period often gets overlooked when it comes the best ever conversations. No commercial releases from the Dick's Picks of spring 70 to the April 71 stuff (don't think). Favorite shows? Songs? Great period? Average?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 2, 2007 7:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970 - RECOMMENDATIONS

I had to chime in - 1970 is one of my favorite years, and it is THE year of the audience tape - I think more shows survive on audience-only recordings from this year than any other, thanks to the release of Live Dead, and many shows being played in New York where there was a taping scene. Most of them are great shows - sadly, the same is not true of the recordings....BUT, some should not be missed, and here's some pointers to a few of the big ones:

Lots of people mention 11-8-70, but for some reason few people talk about the shows from the 5th & 6th. This is a sad oversight! The recordings are just as good as 11-8. (Or just as poor, depending on your perspective....many of you may find these unlistenable.)
11-5-70 is just wonderful, super jamming, with a set that goes like this: Truckin>Other One>Dark Star>St Stephen>Not Fade Away>Goin Down the Road (with Pig playing harmonica)>Not Fade Away>Lovelight. Yes, one of the last shows where they played The Other One and Dark Star back-to-back! Check out the reviews here:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-11-05.aud.warner.17182.sbeok.shnf

11-6-70 is so awesome I can't describe it - the second set goes like this: Good Lovin>Main Ten jam>Good Lovin>Alligator>JAM>Not Fade Away>Goin Down the Road>Not Fade Away>CAUTION!>Lovelight. Lots of Pigpen here, and it's so good it's unreal -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-11-06.aud.warner.17183.sbeok.shnf

From the September Fillmore run, 9-17-70 often gets left behind because the Fillmore crew apparently didn't tape this one, so we just have one audience recording - fortunately it's a good one for the Fillmore (which usually did not produce good aud tapes, in fact most sound horrible). Nice acoustic set, and a classic second set of Dark Star w/ a Tighten Up jam>St Stephen>Good Lovin -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-17.aud.remaster.sirmick.27591.sbeok.shnf

6-24-70 is also another special show from the Capitol. After STARTING the late set with a Not Fade Away>Easy Wind, they go into Dark Star>Attics>Dark Star>Sugar Magnolia>Dark Star>St Stephen>China>Rider. The Archive page seems to be down, though.

From early in the year, the late show on 3-21-70 is also particularly sweet. The audience is extremely rowdy, but thankfully, this is one of the best-sounding aud tapes of the year, as the band plays everything wonderfully. (Sadly, the Archive link has some songs, including Dancing and Easy Wind, missing.) But do check out the Not Fade Away (with St Stephen and China Cat jams), and the Midnight Hour!
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-21.late.aud.5316.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: roastofpig Date: Aug 3, 2007 5:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970 - RECOMMENDATIONS

The Dead had a special relationship with the capital theater--they always played unique sets. The last shows (2-71) saw the break out of a dozen new soon to be classics.

I had the good fortune to catch any of these shows, and they all kicked ass.
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The abovementioned SUNY show(s) suck. The local college kids insised on doing the PA which pissed everyone off--and the paying suffered for it.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Aug 3, 2007 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970 - RECOMMENDATIONS

God: the bizarro world has cloned me. But at least he speaks true. The SUNY shows were run by the college stage crew on their own p.a., and the band just kept getting madder and madder about it. The "crew" was inept at best. Listen to Pig tell one of them that he's "going to rip of your head and shit in it." Probably the weakest shows in 1970.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 3, 2007 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970 - RECOMMENDATIONS

I'd agree that the October 30 & 31 shows are pretty weak, and worth skipping. (Well, one early show does have a rare 'Til the Morning Comes' and the last 'Viola Lee', but the late show did nothing for me.) It's a shame that when an outside soundboard tape was rolling, they caught the band on two poor nights!

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Aug 3, 2007 12:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970 - RECOMMENDATIONS

Light this is some amazing insight. Good to have your input into these audiences, I almost always listen to only the soundboards, missing so much thanks to your guiding light I can find my way....

Excellent reporting.

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Aug 3, 2007 4:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970

11.8.70 Great show (actually that whole run)Only onr taper to date is known, I beleive he was an usher or security guard
12.23.70 Right before the uglieness began in winter of 2005 with the SBDS be unaccessable this is THE last SBD I DL,
12.28.70 Another fine AUD great tunes
Try these, two are AUDS maybe thats why there not DP'S?

This post was modified by Street Pig on 2007-08-03 11:04:08

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Poster: alawson2 Date: Aug 2, 2007 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970

I don't post here much, I just like to read but when it comes to this subject I just have to respond. These shows are all very nice but as some of you mentioned the 11/8/70 Port Chester show just shines. It is my all time favorite show to listen to. I believe the link is down at archive and that the files were removed. Here is another link for the torrent:http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=9488. This show is just amazing and every collector should have it. The audience recordings were actually made by at least 2 sources: Marty Weinberg and Ken & Judy Lee's superior recording featured on the link I put here. This is a must have show I think you will enjoy!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 2, 2007 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970

9/20/70 at the Fillmore East has always been a favorite. Stellar acoustic set.

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: Aug 2, 2007 2:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970

One of my favourite Dark Stars was played at the Fillmore E. on 9/19/70. You must check it out!

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Aug 2, 2007 4:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970

Most of it wasn't recorded by the band as Owsley was in the slammer. But the Fillmore East run in September was stellar. Not quite as great as the Feb shows--but close. The November capital theater shows are very nice-decent auds--but very unique selections. Of course, the few acoustic shows from mid summer are choice as well.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Aug 2, 2007 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970 (six favorites)

Here are my personal favorites from that period:

1970-07-16 Euphoria Ballroom (w/ Janis Joplin)
Location: San Rafael, CA
You have to love the surviving fragments from Bear's "going away" party. Sound is excellent and performance is memorable, only a couple of weeks after the Festival Express railroad tour. Most of China Cat Sunflower is missing. Lovelight includes Janis Joplin on vocals (she died on Oct. 4, 1970).
Set list [33:55 +]:
China Cat Sunflower [#0:28] >
Jam [2:10] >
I Know You Rider [4:17] >
Candyman [6:43] ;
[1:51 Enter Janis, for some of the raunchiest moments in Dead history] ;
Turn On Your Lovelight [18:08]
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-07-16.sbd.clugston.6485.sbeok.shnf

1970-09-19 Fillmore East
The night after Hendrix was found dead. At their loudest and trippiest; fabulous versions of the psychedelic classics. SBD or FM-SBD of the end of set 3, Dark Star through Lovelight, exists; AUDs are available of the rest of the show.
SBD of the end:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-19.sbd.kaplan.5217.sbeok.shnf

1970-09-20 Fillmore East (w/New Riders)
Opens with a solid acoustic set with the early 70s classics, followed by a powerful electric set. Sound quality is loud and crisp, to the point of some reviewers objecting to hiss. Performances are inspired.
Remastered SBD at
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-20.aud.remaster.sirmick.27583.sbeok.shnf

1970-10-31 Gym, S.U.N.Y. (w/ New Riders) Stony Brook, NY
Two shows were played on this night, totaling 4 sets; one at 8:00 and one at 12:00. Each consisted of an opening set by New Riders with Jerry on Pedal Steel, followed by an electric set by the Dead. Early Show total time 1:52:43; late show total time 2:21:43; total time this night, 4:14:26. There are no independent SBD masters of this show in the vault. The SBDs in circulation are copies from a master run from the venue's mixing board by their sound crew.
Early show: http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-10-31.early.sbd.fischer.6517.sbeok.shnf
Late show:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-10-31.late.sbd.cousinit.16902.sbeok.shnf

1970-11-08 Capitol Theater (w/ New Riders) Port Chester, N.Y.
One of the great classics, if the number and enthusiasm of reviews is any measure. A composite mix made by Noah Weiner (Dec 2004 - March, 2005) of the AUD by Ken & Judy Leigh, which is the most-reviewed and most highly recommended version:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-11-08.aud.weiner.28609.sbeok.shnf

1970-12-15 The Matrix
David Crosby, Jerry, Phil, & Mickey playing quiet meditative tunes reminiscent of the PERRO sessions. Sound quality is only average but playing is exquisite. Nice stage banter, too, all in an intimate setting. SET 1 was an afternoon rehearsal and soundcheck; SET 2 is the live set.
Most of set 2 is (was?) available at http://www.gdlive.com/xtras/Crosby-Garcia-Hart-Lesh-12.15.70/

Happy listening...

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Aug 3, 2007 12:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970 (six favorites)

I love how you put the shows into historical perspective. Excellent job on this post, so much to look for now. Imagine playing the night after Hendrix died, crazy freaky stuff they were dealing with back then...

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Poster: GreatestStory Date: Aug 2, 2007 5:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Late 1970 (six favorites)

You guys are great.

I will start with the Fillmore East shows, then on to 11-08, then the rest. Thanks.